New Media Literacies

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By Nicole Mirra April 9, 2015 - 9:59am Comments
As part of the national celebration of Digital Learning Day last month, I had the opportunity to moderate an online debate between two teams of high school students from opposite ends of California about the merits and risks of social media as a communication tool. Considering that I helped coach a high school policy debate team in my former life, I was thrilled to participate in this lively dialogue.
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By Howard Rheingold November 24, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
I’ve been writing for 45 years, and have always owned more physical notebooks than I need at any one time, and I’m an enthusiastic novice at electronics, so several of my antennae tingled vigorously when I first came across the term “circuit stickers” — peel-and-stick circuitry and components that are flat enough to make paper pages blink and boop.
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By S. Craig Watkins December 2, 2013 - 10:10am Comments
This year my research team has been pouring over qualitative data that we collected over a year-and-half period from Freeway High School (previously referred to as Texas City High School in earlier posts), the site of our fieldwork in the study of ‘connected learning.’  Several themes related to young people’s adoption of digital media, the role of technology in schools, soc
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By John Jones September 27, 2013 - 7:10am Comments
In a recent blog post for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, Ben Alpers argues that iBooks Author is not very well suited for humanities learning.
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By Julian Sefton-Green September 23, 2013 - 1:05pm Comments
In some ways, this question is of course impossible. Given the difficulty of defining creativity in the first place with scholarship, trying to focus on the distinctions between what is new, what is expressive, what is individual and what is social, trying to work out what difference the digital makes may seem like splitting angels on a pinhead.
Is There Such a Thing as Digital Creativity? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh September 19, 2013 - 5:15pm Comments
Classes recently began in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the second largest school district in the country, a place where the best practices of digital media and learning face the difficulties of effecting change at a truly massive scale.  This post serves as a challenge to philanthropic organizations, which often focus on boutique programs with younger children when aiming to reform K-12 education, and suggests that there is a vast pool of motivated digital learners who are currently underserved.
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By Julian Sefton-Green September 3, 2013 - 9:00am Comments
I was recently at the biannual conference for the Australian teachers of media (ATOM) in Brisbane, Queensland. The teachers, university lecturers, educators and media producers who were at the event were all excited because the new arrangements for the national curriculum in Australia named 'Media Arts’ as one of the five arts subjects that were now mandatory across the education system.
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By Whitney Burke April 26, 2013 - 3:50pm Comments
While young people are often adept at navigating networked spaces for social purposes in their everyday lives, it is less clear what role schools and teachers should play in that process. In what ways can educators support, mentor, and scaffold youth’s navigation of online spaces to foster rich learning experiences and ethical communication practices?
Teachers, Youth, and Social Media: Experiments Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke February 28, 2013 - 8:40am Comments
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? It’s a question educators like Antero Garcia have been looking to answer since the digital media and learning initiative launched in 2006. Prior to joining the English department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an assistant professor, Antero spent eight years teaching high school English and ESL in South Central Los Angeles.
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By Jeff Brazil January 3, 2013 - 5:45pm Comments
You could make the argument that of all the ills perpetuated by the industrial age approach to education the worst is conformity. Originality had no place in a factory production line. Or so it was thought. Likewise, standardized education and testing has all too often promoted a numbing uniformity. But, our networked society and the information age want, need, and prize something altogether different when it comes to creativity.
Creativity, A Literacy  Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke December 27, 2012 - 10:55am Comments
As digital technologies become daily staples in both our personal and professional lives, there's been much discussion among educators and community leaders as to whether these devices and innovations could in some way be accountable for shifts in the ethical and moral make-up of contemporary society.
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By John Jones December 24, 2012 - 9:00am Comments
Web 2.0 is a common buzzword used to describe social media. The term gained traction in the mid-2000s to describe a change in the way people interacted with media online. Rather than simply being passive consumers, individuals could now interact with media, by making mashups with Google Maps or leaving comments on purchases at Amazon. They could blog about issues that were important to them and interact with a community of other like-minded individuals.
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By Ben Williamson November 19, 2012 - 7:40am Comments
The language of learning today is full of references to “softness” and “openness.” Software, soft skills, soft performance, and the softening up of school knowledge go hand-in-hand with open source, open access and open educational resources in much current thinking about networked learning. How might this softening and opening up of the language of networked learning influence how learners think, perceive, feel and act?
Learning and the Emerging Science of Behavior Change
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By Antero Garcia November 13, 2012 - 2:00pm Comments
I want to talk about the nature of writing in today's age of participatory media. In particular, I want to talk about how writing within my classroom has helped foster community amongst the students. In fact, the subtitle of this post could be, "How Wearing a Tie to Class Spurred Community Building."
The Social Relevance of Public Writing
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By Doug Belshaw October 18, 2012 - 10:00am Comments
In my experience, there's broadly three ways to relate to any kind of educational technology: 1) Technological -- decide on the technology (for whatever reason) and that determines what you do pedagogically; 2) Pedagogical -- settle upon the pedagogy and then look for a technology that fits; 3) Ecological -- combine pedagogies and technologies to promote certain kinds of behaviours.
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By Ben Williamson October 15, 2012 - 10:55am Comments
How should we understand the part played by code in digital media and learning? We are accustomed to arguments that digital media are affecting our existing practices of reading, looking, seeing and hearing, yet relatively little is said of how the underlying code and algorithmic architectures of software actually exert those effects. The work done by code and algorithmic architectures in remediating learning through digital technologies, however, should be treated extremely seriously.
Coded Curriculum: The New Architectures of Learning Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw August 20, 2012 - 12:55pm Comments
I’m currently iterating some work around Web Literacies for the Mozilla Foundation (you can see the latest version of my thinking here). Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another.
Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? Blog Image
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By John Jones August 16, 2012 - 8:45am Comments
In my last few posts, I have argued that network writing—that is, writing that mimics the conventions of emerging, online genres—should occupy a larger place in writing instruction. However, it can be challenging to imagine how literacies that students have developed in writing, say, text messages, can be applied to writing traditional genres like the argumentative essay or the academic writing that are the centerpiece of most writing instruction.
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By Doug Belshaw July 23, 2012 - 10:00am Comments
I’ve recently started in a new role for the Mozilla Foundation. At least half of my job there is to come up with a framework, a White Paper, around the concept of ‘web literacies’. It’s got me thinking about both parts of that term -- both the ‘web’ and the ‘literacies’. In this post I want to consider the first of these: what we mean by the ‘web’?
Web Literacies: What is the 'Web' Anyway? Blog Image
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By John Jones July 12, 2012 - 12:10pm Comments
In his essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," Nicholas Carr relates an exchange between Nietzsche and one of his friends, in which the friend remarked that the philosopher's writing style had changed after he began to use a typewriter. As Carr tells us, Nietzsche's reply was to agree, stating, "our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts."
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